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Darla's Blog Picks - Tornado victim finds her dog during live interview, wooly monster, food adventures, mind tricks and more.

by Darla Lindauer Modified: May 31, 2013 at 10:45 am •  Published: May 31, 2013

1. Fuzzy Feelings

By: I cannot find the name of a person who posts on the site, so the credit goes to Fuzzy Feelings.

What blog is about – Videos and pictures of cute, cuddly creatures.

Featured post – Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Her Lost Dog During Live News Interview

This was awesome; I cried, smiled, felt happy and was sad all in one. In the midst of all the tragedy, it is so wonderful to be able to watch a video with a happy ending. It is hard to avoid the destruction stories, but there is always happy that follows. I am blessed to work with folks who really want to tell the stories of hope and find the happiness in such a horrible tragedy. Some of my favorites among many are. 1. Oklahoma tornadoes: Two arms that didn’t know they were broken helped rescue children at Briarwood Elementary2. Oklahoma tornadoes: The ‘Big Dog,’ the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy

I am proud to be an Oklahoman! – Darla Lindauer

 

2. Gadling

By: This site is managed by a number of different staff members. However, this post is by Jonathan Kramer.

What blog is about – Top travel blog

Featured post – The Kimchi-ite: Thousands Of Lanterns At Busan’s Greatest Temple – “It’s absolutely a sight worth seeing, and taking your time to get lost amongst the lanterns in such bright and colorful lights, can be pleasantly disorienting.”

I would love to travel and see the beautiful sites of other cultures. This is so beautiful! I am not a Buddha follower, but I do like this! Buddha’s birthday is the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which tells me nothing. Ha-ha.  So, I looked it up, and according to my Google search, the date changes every year. This year it was May 17. One of these days, my passport will have a stamp, and I will have my own photos to share. – Darla Lindauer

 

3. Tossing It Out

By: Arlee Bird – A juggler of words and phrases.

What blog is about – “Anything from entertainment to economics, world affairs to words of wisdom, walks in the dark to flights of fancy….anything you might imagine and maybe more–tossed out to you for you to toss back to me. Let’s juggle some ideas!”

Featured post – Why we forget things and other mind tricks – “Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what the purpose was?”

You have no idea how happy I am reading this. It may not be true, but it is good enough for me! I am not getting too old yet! Ha-ha. I often wonder if I have some disease that has not been diagnosed, or maybe I have always had a mild case of dementia. I can remember an almost unlimited amount of data for my job and family, but I have never been able to play a trivia game that asks questions about people, places, musicians or names of songs. It is quite aggravating. I have always just told myself that I remember important things. This post has renewed my faith in my wellness; I just have to avoid doorways at all costs. HA! I wonder how someone would do research on this? How do you remove all doorways?Darla Lindauer

 

4. Noir and Chick Flicks

By: Dawn Sample – I was unable to find a Bio on Dawn, but her blog is all about the classic movies, so I think it is safe to say she likes them.

  What blog is about – Reviews and fun facts about classic movies.

 Featured post – That touch of Mink (1962) –          “Romantic/comedy starring Cary Grant and Doris Day,  and directed by Delbert Mann.”

 This movie was a great movie! Even when I was young I would choose the classic movies over anything new. Doris Day was one of my favorite actresses. I have heard some people say that they do not like older movies because they show women as being the lesser sex. I say, quit trying to find something wrong with everything. Enjoy it as part of our movie history. I am not one for “chick-flicks” but this one, I love. Didn’t life just seem so much simpler then? However, I know movies took you to a fairytale land even back then as our chick-flicks do now. But I will keep my fantasy that perfect love once could have happened in the days of the classics.Darla Lindauer

 

5. This Is Gonna Be Good

By: I am not sure if this is her real name, but credit for this post goes to Foogoo.

What blog is about – Movies, cooking, food safaris and dare eating, guitar hero, snowboarding, playing piano, boxing, thrifting, trying to be DIY.

Featured post – House of William and Merry, Hockessin, DE - “We took my mom out for Mother’s Day to the House of William and Merry in Hockessin. My duck confit sandwich was the best dish we ordered.”

I am sitting at my desk hungry, and this food looks great! I have to say, it is definitely not Southern cooking. Our “Southern standard” was referred to as “filthy” in this post. I am not sure if that is good or bad, but when I look at what they call biscuits and gravy, I think “less filthy” means less delicious. Ha-ha. But I would love to try their version as well. It looks very appetizing, however, I might call it an omelet from what I can see. I think I should incorporate the same rule as not going to the grocery store hungry: Do not look at blogs about food when you’re hungry. I just ate some chips, which are not healthy at all! I am not sure if it is just me, but I had never heard of a Scotch egg or a scrapple, so I looked it up. A Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg enclosed in sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried. That sounds amazing! A scrapple is scraps of pork or other meat stewed with cornmeal and shaped into loaves for slicing and frying. Again, sounds amazing. Makes me want to travel and eat a lot!.Darla Lindauer

 

6. Laughing Kids Learn

By: Kate Lloyd – “I was a primary schoolteacher from Australia. I’m currently enjoying life as a full-time stay-at-home mum.”

What blog is about – “Fun and educational activities that can be simply done at home with children 0 – 10 years old.”

Featured post – Wooly Monsters for Imagination Play – “I should say that I wondered if I should call these ‘monsters.’ In the end I came to the conclusions that they could be a great way to take the fear out of the idea of ‘monsters’ if they were ever a problem for a child.”

When I saw this post, I was zapped back in time! I made these as a child and loved them. I am not sure how some yarn and eyes can be so fun, but it is. I am also excited about it because most of the fun things you can do with children turn into disasters in my home. My daughter has Asperger syndrome and has one of the highest IQs of anyone I know, but she is only 8 years old and she still likes crafts. Problem is, the cleanest crafts turn into the messiest project, and she likes it like that. I think it is a touch thing, but with me being OCD, it just does not mix!  This is perfect. I can see it now; I am going to have these things all over my house! Maybe she can make one for all her cousins for their birthdays. – Darla Lindauer

 

 7. Car Talk Blog

By: Tom and Ray – Also known as Click and Clack – have a radio talk show broadcast weekly on NPR stations throughout the United States and elsewhere.

What blog is about – Automobiles and repairs.

Featured post – Today: Is Bill’s Dealer Charging Too Much? – “It could be that these two shops have different definitions of the term “timing belt change.”

Yes, I admit, I am an NPR addict. I am not even sure how I got introduced to the station, but I listen to it a lot. A few of my favorite shows are Talk of the Nation, Car Talk, and the Gardening show. If you like cars, this is a must-have site! Although I do not remember what got me to listening to the car talk show to begin with, I do know that I have memories of my dad working on cars a lot when I was growing up. I remember helping him work on them and him getting so frustrated he would call his friend Jim or Bill over to help. Now that I am older, I realize that my good memory was only because the cars we had were not great. Ha-ha. But like I have said before, you never know when you create a memory. I love knowing about cars, and I love my dad.Darla Lindauer

 

Compiled by Darla Lindauer. If you would like your or someone else’s blog to be considered for this column, email dlindauer@opubco.com

 

by Darla Lindauer
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Darla Lindauer, Data Team Manager of the News and Information Center, has been with OPUBCO Communications Group for six years. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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